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to a cato institute that puts the average pay of a government worker at $84,000 per year. that's 32,000 more dollars than the average pay in the private sector i mean, these numbers are starting to be overwhelming ad certainly have to be part of what is, if you will, and more positive response to these right to work issues and votes that we are seeing across the country. >> i think that's right. and it steves group, the manhattan institute, has an extra very worth pointing at the differences, but you're right. taxpayers a beginning to realize this monopoly power that unions have over government which is the new frontier for them what the final frontier is really causing a rift between the rank-and-file workers in the ivate sector who have to pay these taxes for increased government and the rank-and-file workers in the public sector that are enjoying these benefits. it can't go on, and that was the battle in wisconsin, part of the baatle in michigan. lou: you cited a 2010 study in which you talk about the population growth of the right to work states. we are watching union states, usually hig
quotes a government official as saying the fueling of the rocket could begin on saturday after the storage tank has been filled. chinese travel agencies have been informed that foreign tourists won't be allowed into north korea between the 15th and 20th of this month. analysts say the decision could be linked to events marking the first anniversary of kim jong-il's death on december 17th. >>> in japan, government leaders have ordered self-defense forces to be prepared to shoot down any debris from the rocket. the defense minister passed on that order to sdf commanders. >> translator: the day of the rocket launch, we ordered the sdf to intercept any debris from a north korean rocket. we're preparing in accordance with that order. >> it will fly southwest of okinawa's island. they're deploying surface to air missiles throughout the region. prime minister yoshihiko noda held a national security meeting with his ministers. he approved the order for the sdf to mobilize their missile defense systems and shoot down any debris. this will be the third such order issued by the government
is in the south and that population is also in the need of services. the government hasn't included both in the delivery of services as well as the governments of the country the people of the north and although we have implemented programs in the north unless there is a connection between the government and individuals, the programs are not going to have the effect of people feeling as though they are a part of society. and so, there was an effort planned over the last couple of years where the development partners in tandem with the government, the central government would deliver resources to the north again with a government out in the lead and with the donors supporting. unfortunately, the pace of that was too slow and not very effective. another point moving forward i think is that we do need to concentrate on decentralization and making a connection between the government services and the individual what the community level. >> to build further on the comments about the resource base within the mali clearly there are difficult choices for the government there that are involved in
half-hour -- the egyptian government deploys tanks in cairo after overnight clashes killed at least seven people. >> chancellor merkel and prime minister netanyahu told talks as frustration grows over israel's planned to expand settlements. >> a legendary brazilian architect dies at the age of 104. >> calm appears to be restored around the presidential palace in cairo. troops were deployed to push back protesters after a violent night of protests saw seven people killed and hundreds wounded. >> protests have spread to other parts of the country as well. egypt has been rocked by a wave of unrest after the president announced a decree, giving him so sweeping powers. >> his move to push through a trap constitution that the opposition rejects has sparked more flames. >> tanks outside the presidential palace in cairo. the elite republican guard, whose job it is to protect the president, says it has deployed the vehicles to keep protesters apart. they are also insuring that demonstrators are kept away from the entrance. in the morning, hundreds of members of the muslim brotherhood made th
safely and watch out for highway robbers and the government. that's my "2 cents more." that is it for tonight on "the willis report." thank you for joining yes. don't forget to record the show with you cannot get his life. have a great night. we will see you right back here tomorrow. ♪ one -- lou: good evening, everybody. president obama today said that two weeks may not be enough to avoid going over the fiscal clef . i've won't add my voice tonight to those who say mr. obama actually wants to take us over the cliff. it is my view that not enough has been made by the national median of the fact that it will be the president's decision and his alone that we all go cliff diving if, indeed, we are to go cliff diving. it is a decision that is cleerly , unequivocally, and unreservedly his to make. president obama has created the condition that must be met. to avoid the clothes and the dive. only he can judge whether his condition is reasonable and whether it has been reasonably met. the republican congressional leaders are at best supporting opposing players in the obama
's grave for the obvious fact that we believe that the assad government has weapononized chemical and biological agents and put them in a position where they can be used fairly rapidly. as you look back over the 20 months of this conflict, this follows a series of events, one leading to the other which people said could not happen. this began, remember, with peaceful demonstrations. and when assad was unable to control them or suppress, he began to fire on his own people and they began to defend themselves in a very unfair fight which everyone thought we should take sides on the side of freedom and give the freedom fighters the weapons with which they could fight. it happened much too late. and people said, at least he's not using his air force to attack his own people and then he began to attack his own people from the air. now more than 40,000 killed. so when we see the government of assad weaponize chemical and biological agents and put them in bombs, we know this is a leader with no limits and unfortunately he follows his father who proved capable of using weapons against his
with a compelling story about how with the helping hand from her government she was able to raise three children by herself and have a successful career serving the people of marina and sonoma counties. she's been a tireless voice for family-friendly policies, for protecting the coastline of northern california and for bringing our troops home and ending the misguided wars in iraq and afghanistan. lynn was a leader of the congressional progressive caucus and i call her the mom of the caucus. and her passionate voice on progressive issues, she will be missed. her leadership will be missed and it will be a great vacuum for us to fill in the future. bob filner had a years' long odyssey for filipino veterans who fought along u.s. troops in world war ii but were denied benefits through their service. so the war -- the united states congress broke its promise it had made to these veterans and for decades to follow, they struggled to secure fair treatment, similar to that afforded to the men who fought alongside them. as chairman of veterans' affairs committee, bob filner was in the middle of this figh
as far as national strategy? >> look, i think for those of us in a government job, where you want to be like the classic economic book is you want to look for where we are under- investing as a country or where we have too little capital as a country calling to the private sector enterprises, where because of individual private actors do not feel they get the full benefit from those investments, but we as a country would be richer if there was more investment in those areas. one of the things we are trying to look at is -- the expression is where are the death, where are those places for innovative processes where they are not able to get the capitals to become one of the fast-growing companies? the hard part of the government level is you have to ask, is it a valley of death because it should be a valley of death? because it does not make sense for the private or public sector to be investing in companies like that? or is it a case where there really is a market failure, where it may not make sense for particular venture funds to invest in certain companies, but if we had a broad
last point is the u.s. writ large, the government and also civil society organization and others are largely standing on the sideline here. bob's organization put out an excellent report last week people should look at my organization. usip data private study. right now u.s. policy, also civil society and others were sitting on the sidelines here or there was a desire among local forces including younger islamists who want to bring about changes in their political movement in for the large purse sitting on the sidelines here we need to do more. >> we need to move on to the q&a portion here. a few questions from the audience. if you have a question, research and peer to microphone circulating. 10 minutes before we begin to wrap a. >> my name is -- [inaudible] -- washington d.c. what's missing on discussions is the fact that islamists have nothing to offer except for sharia law and muslims are fed up with the sharia law. the other point is there's a new new generation of arabs that face the people. i wrote an article about this, who are very different than their fathers and grandfa
modern-day slavery, subsidized by our government with taxpayer money. it's reprehensible. but for me, the number-one issue here is the safety of our american troops on these bases. that safety is compromised if our bases are filled with unauthorized, potentially unsafe foreign workers. and that's why i introduced the end trafficking in government contracting act of treft which provides the -- of 2012 which provides the most comprehensive approach taken. it is bipartisan legislation which now is included in the bill which passed the senate last week and i'm hopeful will be retained in conference and signed into law soon, with strong bipartisan support from my colleague, senator portman, of ohio. in addition, i want to thank senator leahy for advancing the trafficking victims reauthorization protection act known by tvpra which takes a an even more inclusive view this have problem to make sure america stands against human trafficking rather than complicit in it. the second issue that i want to raise is the violence against women act which continues to be stalled in the house of represen
government in the nation of mali, our ally. this may seem inconsequential to the average american, but it could have big implications for our security as well as that of our regional and global allies. because in the power vacuum that was created in that spring coup, al qaeda saw an opportunity and they stepped in. three different extremist groups all linked to or controlled by al qaeda in the islamic magra known as aqim now control an area the size of texas in the northern part of mali. they succeeded in fracturing a formerly stable democracy and contributing to broad security, political and humanitarian crises that i believe have grave implications for the region and for america's interests. to put it simply, mr. president, this matters. mali, a relatively strong democracy for more than two decades, is now embroiled in turmoil. the united states in partnership with the international community must show leadership in helping it rebuild its democracy and restore its territorial integrity by reclaiming it from terrorists. so thi this morninges as the chr of the african chair subcom
with all designated persons connected to the iranian government. it bans trade and commodities used, it is designed to stop iran from busting sanctions by receiving payment in gold or using oil payments in local currency to buy gold. we have got to stop an effort to water down these sanctions. i say that because i remember the votes in the past, i remember our effort on the central bank. it was only because we got unanimous votes because we got so much sport that we were able to deploy those. let me add there's another portion of the amendments here that targets the regime for their human rights abuses and i think one of the areas where we have really been short, for those of you who talked to those who have been in the prisons, who have experienced the torture, seen the murder, experience the rapes, those are routine. iranian officials are involved in that activity but also in massive corruption preventing humanitarian assistance, food and medicine from reaching the iranian people, they are the beneficiaries of some of this and this new amendment would authorize the administration
in just a little bit more of their fair share, that would fund the government for only 8. 5 daition. it's not realistic. >> no. it's rubbish, all this. that so called buffett tax, if you implement that on warren buffett and all his pals, it will pay off obama's 2011 deficit in the year 2520 circumstance, in 514 years time, and then we'll need the next half millenium to pay off his 2012 deficit. >> i think the republicans were sent there with a mandate as well as president. obviously the american people voted for the status quo. they voted for divided government. here's the question i have. i would no want them to think os and grand hides and the slem hammer we're robbing them with. if obama wants to take the country off the fiscal cliff, they need to go there. they seem afraid of that. do you see that. >> it's clear from the election that the majority of americans essentially voted for european levels of spending. you can't have european levels of spending. we're one percent under canada. there's no difference any more, not in terms of government spending. we're close to norway. we're n
the pressing question of how to respond to the potential use of chemical weapons by the assad government in syria, the government warned him of the consequence conditions consequences he could expect. >> i want to make it clear to assad and those under his command the world is watching, the use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. and if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons there will be consequences and you will be held accountable. >> rose: i am pleased to have bob gates back at this table. welcome. >> thank you, charlie. >> rose: so what are you doing since you left government? >> well, i am working on a book, a mental with a of my time under presidents bush and obama as secretary of defense, and doing some speaking but staying as far from washington, d.c. as i can. >> rose: when you look at writing a book, i mean, how hard is that for you to take the time anand think of all of the events and make sure that you get it right as you recollect it? >> first i have given myself a little out at the beginning by saying this is a purely personal reminiscence
than 50 cents of every dollar they make. they pay the state, the local, the fatigue government in taxes. what america should be addressing is two things. one, we should be addressing generational theft. we now as a country borrow 40 cents of every dollar that the government spends, and we've accumulated 16 trillion dollars in debt. now, in 2008 obama called nine trillion dollars in debt. he said that was irresponsible, unpatriotic. to say this another way, we're literally stealing money from our children and our grandchildren. now, this is the kind of generational theft that has never happened in this country until now, and neerlt part neits addressing this on a regular basis. both parties are arguing over how to tax the rich. now, number two. greed and overspending. for all the talk about greedy rich people in america, how is it possible that politicians' greed is never addressed? after all, they robbed the social security trust fund. they spent it. that's your retirement money that was supposed to be put away in a safe lock box. they spent that money. medicare is also headed for bankr
another one of their rockets, launching the second long-range rocket of the year and the government is calling it a success. we have state tv video that shows the launch from snowed the satellite command center. north korea reported it sent a weather satellite in orbit but nations are warning they could be using this could practice a ballistic missile with the potential to hit the united states and this could present a step forward for the rogue nation after the lit off in april failed. state run television released this video claiming the residents celebrated the launch by cheering and hugging in the secret in a nation where millions of the citizens are actually starving. according to south korean estimates, north korea spent $1 billion on the rocket program in 2012 alone enough money to feed the entire nation to more than a year. jennifer griffin is at the pentagon. what do we know? >>reporter: according to the north american airspace defense command the first stage of the stage three rocket fell into the yellow sea southwest of north korea. the second stage traveled further befor
know also, obviously it's a government-backed market. this, trillion dollars that people, this is now, essentially entirely government market. you saw the government housing policies, loose monetary policies gave us subprime. you're seeing a credit mania created in both cases by government policies saying housing is good at any cost. education, this thing called college. wherever you studied, whatever you went, whatever you did there at any price is good and that is dangerous. melissa: money is available anyone feels like they can go out and get a loan. they're really worried about choosing a college based on price. choose it based on everything else. that is nice in a world where college is free but it's not. >> you're not helping students if you give everybody the subsidies. the colleges over the years are good at pocketing that, raising tuition prices. this is one market where it has grown, the prices have grown faster than health care. not just faster than inflation but runaway costs. >> you really believe that is true? i say that to people all the time. all it is doing is driving
with this. this is all about, all about trying to preserve medicare. so the government in this case is unusually probably trying to do the right thing. i don't know everything about it yet because it is still a little furry around the edges. but aarp jumped on this. this is not good for members. the premiums. will go down. melissa: if it went through it could be good for the members in the sense that medigap premiums would go down. >> exactly. melissa: that is something their members would really like. but once again they would not. this is the big sticking point that happens again and again. >> right. melissa: you think aarp is out there because you're a senior lobbying in your best interest. meanwhile on their website, call your congressman, do this, do that e-mails. you could be following their lead and doing things actually against your best interest. >> yeah. the problem if you don't really pay attention to what they're doing they mask it so beautifully. they really do, a good job. i watch their commercials all day long. always sounds like they're advocating for their seniors.
of the republican party is a party that understands that limited government, limited government and free markets is not enough. that we have to have a message to say, how does that work for you? and that's why we put together specific policies that did in fact and free market policies that did in fact address lower and middle income americans. if we don't do that and go out and say, here's how -- for example, barack obama sort of stepped on it when he said you didn't build that. mitt romney went out and legitimately criticized for him but went out with a bunch of small business people and not so small business people. we could have gone out there with the people who work for the small business person. the person who knows the owner of that business and says we built this together. here's how this helps -- here's what these policies help me. and i don't think we did that -- i know we didn't do that. we didn't even try to do that. that's what we tried to do in our race. and i'm certainly going to be out there and have been out there already. i wrote an op-ed after the election for "usa today", it'
in damascus. government forces have blamed rebels for the attack. nato has approved a request by turkey for the deployment of patriot missiles to its border with syria. turkey sought the missiles to defend itself from cross border violence. speaking in belgium, anders fogh rasmussen says the patriot missiles would serve as a deterrent to syria. >> i do believe that a deployment of patriot missiles will serve as an effective deterrent, and that way the escalate this situation along the syrian-turkish border. the mere fact that the patriot missiles have been deployed make it necessary for any potential aggressor to think twice before they even consider attacking turkey. >> the palestinian authority is urging the united nations and other actors to hold israel accountable for its recent expansion in the west bank. israel has announced plans to build 3000 new settlement homes and expand the e1 settlement the which splits the west bank in two in response to last week's vote at the united nations. palestinian president mahmoud abbas says the security council should pressure israel to stop expa
to the federal government without raising tax rates which we believe am harm our economy. >> one conservative in the senate is breaking ranks with his party over the whole idea of raising tax rates with the party. tom coburn told msnbc today he would be okay with doing what the president wants, raising taxes on the wealthy, as long as it is coupled with entitlement reform and spending cuts. the reason we're told is because he believes at this point it's better to do that to get what he and other republicans want long term, which is a fundamental overhaul of the tax code, perhaps they can get that if they give the president what he wants now. you remember, coburn was among the first republicans a couple years ago to say it was okay to raise revenue. now he appears to be the first senate republican to say he would be okay with raising rates as long as it's part of that package we described. >> a meeting or a phone call between john boehner and president obama, is that at all in the works? >> as far as we know, no. whether it's in the works, we could only hope, at this point we do not have any i
self-evaluation. conservatism is an asset, not a liability, as we try to govern this country in the 21st century. and i look forward to staying in touch with jim and to working with him at the heritage foundation to see what we can do to improve the fate of our country so we will not become greece. no one is more worried about this nation's unsustainable debt situation than senator demint. i've seen him deinvolve over time to someone who could just not sit quietly, who had to take up the cause. in the 2010 election cycle, he was one of the strongest voices this he had would a lost our way -- that we'd lost our way in washington. jim is a kind, sincere man, an individual who is a joy to be around. when it comes to what's going on in america, jim understands that if we don't make some changes we're going to lose our way of life. that's what's driven him above all else, to try to keep our country a place to be place where you can be anything. i look forward to working with jim in the private sector. from a personal point of view, we've had a great ride together. it has been fun. it has be
. where are we going to get it? coming from the government, everybody thinks that are entitled to something. thank you for the call. the top solution is to break the congressional gridlock. north dakota on the democrats' line. caller: good morning. the number one priority is bringing jobs home from china. host: you are on the air. go ahead, roger. caller: these people that sold our country out, they need to be exiled to themselves. host: good morning on the independent line. what is the number-one priority as the president embarks on a second term? caller: the issue a want to talk about this morning is one both sides agree with. everybody agrees but the tax code needs to be reformed, simplified. it needs to be changed in a permanent way where businessmen and individuals can plan for the future. there are multiple ways to do this, cut in reductions, giving everybody a fair chance to the tax code. i think it will really chance the economy. put it on a solid basis for businesses to plan and go into the future with. host: what do you think the president's number one priority should
: what do you think about addressing medicare spending? caller: the biggest thing the government has to do is all of the waste in everything. defense, medicare, everything. just go after it. host: is that enough to get through our deficit and debt? caller: and raise the taxes. host: all right. mike come massachusetts, note -- mike, massachusetts. go ahead. caller: i am x military. the only reason i say that is that we have spent $2 trillion on these wars over the last 10 years, which is a whole lot of money and they say they are going to review their approach to these in the future because we get so much money. as far as the entitlements go, what they should do is agree on the taxes for people making under $250,000 per year first, then come back and fix the rest of it. that would probably be the best way to go. that way the republicans can save face and say that they refused to bend on taxes and that that is what they will have to go back and do later, for sure on that note. host: also on the sunday talk shows yesterday was senator bob corker. here is what he had to say. [video clip]
or the republican future. they honored jack kemp last night. marco rubio thing that limited government is the way to strengthen the middle class. and congressman paul ryan urging fellow republicans reach out to a broader group of american. >> this is essentially divide americans into our voters and their voters. to be clear. republicans plus dear need to steer far clear of that. [applause] we must speak to the aspirations of every american. i believe that we can turn on the incidence of upper mobility. it will require a bold departure from the approach government has taken over the last five decades. jenna: let's talk to rick perry. governor, what do you think about that. >> a full departure think you agree with that? >> for many years we have been working with folks on both sides of the aisle. we have been reaching out. i did 40% of the hispanic vote. it is one that i have bought during the presidential nominating process. we need to be talking about economic issues. we need to be talking about faith and family and how you strengthen those. how you strengthen an economy. i will suggest that we t
living off the government and getting that check and that might be for the moment the only source of income. martha: we passed important threshold of 99 weeks a lot of people roll off that number for the very first time sense all this began. it makes you wonder if people are just taking advantage of benefits offered in order to get by if they simply opted out which is a sad situation. bill: what he talks about is 350,000 americans in this report alone. a really staggering the state of our economy now. here's a bit more for the labor report. 12 million americans still unemployed. about 40% of them have been out of work for 27 weeks or longer. more than eight million americans only working part time due to the current state of the economy. martha: new comments about the crisis in syria coming from secretary of state hillary clinton. the u.s. and other nations fear that the syrian regime could use chemical weapons against its own people. secretary clinton making it very clear that syrian president bashar al-assad must go. >> let me also be absolutely clear. the united states stands w
of the area and rebels take the airport and it would be a major military defeat for the syrian government and it would cut an important supply line the syrian army uses to get weapons and people in and out. rebels have gained access to syrian army tanks and weapons. no one knows when this will end but it appears the syrian rebels are paying progress they were not making six months ago. there is a bigger push on damascus. how long president assad has left in power is anyone's guess but the dynamics are changing on the ground. >>shepard: thank you. the white house is warning on syria's chemical weapons has shifted. you may a recall in august the president warned the scenes against moving around or utilizing the weapons. this week the president and others in his cabinet dropped the words "moving around" and say there will be consequences if they "use" the weapons. that is a change. the president's position has not changed, according to the white house. and now chris wallace is live on capitol hill with us. this is a change. they said if you move it around there is a consequence. that was the
a government which acts in an extremist way at home is ultimately not going to act responsibly in international affairs. look at say pakistan for example. or look at other governments around this region which are extremist in nature. jenna: interesting you mention pakistan because of our aid. that also goes to that country. one has to wonder in foreign policy discussions in the year ahead what kind of strings need to be attached, if you believe they should be, michael, with this aid in the years to come? how do you think we should navigate that? >> well i think, jenna, one lesson of pakistan when there is opportunity of change, when there is opportunity for a new moduserane on that because it is often difficult to change these things down the road. the opportunities don't come very often. now to change it, jenna, tanks and jets are more of a payoff for the egip shun military than they are a real solution to the region's security problems which are things like arms smuggling and counterterrorism and if we keep these military aid programs in place they need to address those threats, not be sort o
, and has been cause for concern before. not only because the government there might use it, but also because many of these weapons could fall into the hands of terrorists. precisely what are we talking about? first of all, mustard gas. this is an old chemical weapon. it was used in world war i. it doesn't act very quickly, but it's extremely painful. it burns the skin. it can burn the eyes, and when inhaled, it burns the lungs. it can be fatal, but more often is t simply renders an opponent unable to fight anymore, and it can create chronic health problems, like respiratory illness and blindness for the remainder of life for some of the people who are exposed to it. beyond that, let's look at some of the other ideas here. sarin gas is one of the concerns out there. sarin gas attacks the nervous system, and in even small amounts it can cause uncontrolled trembling, then convulsions, then unconsciousness and death. beyond that, there's even concern that they might have vx gas. some scientists consider this one of the most dangerous chemicals on the planet. it was originally developed a
, let me jump in the few seconds we have remaining, why do you think the nigerian government has been unable so far to stop boko haram. is it a lack of will or is it something else? quickly, please. >> i believe it is an inability to effectively prosecute those responsible. i also believe there is pressure from outside, including from the united states, to actually negotiate with these terrorists. and that's something that needs to change and stop. prosecutions need to take place, impunity needs to stop. >> george: and there appears to be a new extremist group that has surfaced and is claiming credit for a recent attack in baja. and is stopping boko haram the answer or is there a deeper problem? >> it is a first step. as we know, for many countries where terrorist organizations are active, they mutate. one terrorist organization gets too much attention, and perhaps their funds are cut off, a new one pops up. it is still the same people behind it. the root causes have not changed. the nigerian government needs to get to the root cause. >> george: terrific. great to have you back on the
that when it's all said and done, the government could save $5.7 billion. but those 65 and 66-year-olds don't disappear. they are still going to be here and get sick sometimes which means the savings we'd see by kicking them off they pop back up elsewhere in the economy. it's not pure savings, it's a cost shift. you're going to see increased costs for seniors who will have to find another health insurer since it uses power to pay less by quite a bit. the seniors turning to private insurance will have to pay more from the same coverage. 3.7 billion more in the first year of the policy. for those who are eligible for medicaid, will move to the states, we think. then there are the employers. many of the ineligible will turn to their employers. that will increase the health care costs of companies by $5.4 billion. some of the seniors will turn to the affordable care act in the insurance exchanges. those left in medicare will pay a higher premium because the average premiums go up for those older and sicker. that will cost $2.5 billion. in order to save the federal government $5.7 billion this p
the civil war, world war i, world war ii. it grants the president and federal government extraordinary authorities, effectively extends civil liberties for anyone the government deems an enemy and keeps us in a permanent war footing in all kinds of ways. end this situation should be something that would appeal to both left and right. james madison, the author of the constitution, was clear on this topic. of all the enemies to public enemy, he wrote war is the most draw might because it comprises and develops the germ of in other. of all the enemies to public lynn earth war is perhaps the most directed because it compromise and develops the germ of err other. war is the parent of armies. in addition we have had the largest expansion of the federal government since world war ii. dana priest and will yaj arkin have documented that the u.s. government has built 33 new building complexes for the intelligence bureaucracies alone, occupying 17 million square feet, the equivalent of 22 u.s. capitals or three pentagons. the department of homeland security itself employs almost one quarter of a
learned that to say the government will not pay its debt and hold it up for something else is bad substance and bad politics. i don't think they'll prevail. if they want to say we won't raise the debt ceiling unless we cut medicare, make our day. >> meaning go ahead and default the country? >> no, meaning that is untenable and won't last. >> i want to go to other subjects. senator schumer, on the first day of the next congress in january, will democrats change the rules on filibusters by a simple majority rather than two-thirds majority you generally need to change rules in the senate? >> everyone knows the senate is broken and needs fixing. i think bob corker would say that. we have had discussions, we're friends. almost all democrats and all republicans believe that. i think it's also true our preference would be to do this by two-thirds in a bipartisan way. there are all kinds of discussions going on with all kinds of groups to try to come up with a agreement. the basic problem is republicans say we don't allow them amounts. we say they don't allow our bills on the floor. you c
in such a situation. longer than the civil war, world war i, world war ii, it grants the government extraordinary authorities and effectively suspends civil liberties for anyone the government deems the minute and also keeps us at a permanent war feeting in all kinds of ways, endsing this situation should be something that -- james madison the author of the constitution was clear on this topic. of all the enemies to public liberty, he wrote, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. war is the parent of armies from these proceed deaths and taxes. no nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare. if you want to know buy we're in such a deep budget tear hole, keep in mind that we have spend about $2 trillion on foreign wars in the last decade. and we have the largest government since world war ii. the u.s. government has built 33 new building complexes for the intelligence bureaucracies alone occupies 17 million square feet, the equivalent of 70 u.s. capitals or three u.s. pentagons. of course there are real threats out th
government. we'll talk to him a little bit what is next and what does it mean for the transitioning u.s. economy. jon? jon: there are brand new developments, jenna, in the alaska serial killer case. who police say this confessed killer of a young barrista was also targeting and why he never carried out his deadly plan. >>> as a deadly bloody civil war rages in syria, the opposition gets new support from around the wormed and the united states. what president obama just said. and a look how this crisis figures in the foreign policy challenges mr. obama faces in his section term. that is -- second term. that is next. [shouting] having you ship my gifts couldn't be easier. well, having a ton of locations doesn't hurt. and a santa to boot! [ chuckles ] right, baby. oh, sir. that is a customer. oh...sorry about that. [ male announcer ] break from the holiday stress. fedex office. jon: right now some new information on crime stories we're keeping an eye on. police say the man who confessed to murdering an alaska barista also planned to kill her boyfriend. before israel keyes committed suici
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